Image in Spite of It All

This image haunts me since I learnt about its existence. It’s one of four images taken inside of a functioning nazi-camp by a Sonderkommando using a camera smuggled by the Polish resistance.

It looks almost abstract but is nothing of the sort. It looks absent of all human and inhuman evidence except for the traces of the mortal urgency of the gestures of the prisoner who captured this haunting view. And that’s more than enough.

Read the amazing essay of Georges Didi-Huberman about these images: “Images in spite of it all”

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